Talking on the phone with a stranger can feel awkward to begin with. When you add the pressure of an important job interview, it can become unbearable. You worry about what you going to say because your words are all you have to make a good first impression. That spiffy new outfit you bought to knock their socks off hangs in the closet, your firm handshake is useless (not that your hands aren’t shaking), and your body language is silent. On the phone, your words are all alone. You may needs some phone interview advice.
The phone interview is your first chance to WOW the recruiter. To help come up the curve faster, here are some phone interview scenarios you need to know how to handle.
The phone interview is an opportunity to prove that you’re a good fit. But it’s no guarantee that you’ll make it through to a more substantial interview unless you’re both a good fit for the job description and the company’s culture.
How can you prove to the interviewer that you deserve an in-person opportunity?
I recently spoke with Rachel Brown, who runs the Center for Career Services at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Brown said employers often feel recent grads have inadequate communication skills. That goes for writing and speaking.
If you follow my blog, you know I am big on simple ways to improve our writing. But what about phone interviews? How can we sound our best when we’re on the spot?
The dreaded phone interview. It makes our hands wet, our throats dry, and causes all kinds of anxiety. And yet, with more and more employers using phone interviews (or their video counterparts via Skype, G+ Hangouts and Zoom) to help choose which candidates will be invited in for a face-to-face interview, it is a skill job seekers must master. Thankfully, our friends at TalentandRecruitment.com have created this how-to infographic that lists ten tips that will help you become a phone interview master. Take a look, employ the solid advice provided, and see if maybe your next phone interview doesn’t go
Employers often use phone screens as a low cost way to put the right candidates in front of hiring managers. The goal: eliminate candidates who aren’t able to articulate their value proposition, and to determine which candidates are worthy of moving on to the next round of interviews.
Here are 5 tips to help you the nail that all-important phone interview… and help you earn the invitation to the office for a face-to-face interview…